FAITH in The Word
It’s tax-free weekend in Tennessee! Woohoo! We get to buy things we need—and others things we really don’t—and save almost ten percent!!
Not to cast guilt or shame on anyone who is in a shopping mood or who is planning to take advantage of the tax-free weekend, but Isaiah 55 (which was part of our Life Journal readings for Thursday, July 28) puts forth a progression that really brings perspective…
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread and your earnings for what does not satisfy (Vs. 2)?
Like a dog trained to retrieve, I (and you!) have been trained as consumers in a materialistic culture so as to seek our satisfaction in anything and everything other than the basic things that we really need. My whole life has been marked by a desire to buy something—whether new cloths, a computer, a car, or furnishings for the house (or the house itself!)—“knowing” it will bring deep satisfaction—which lasts about a week or two until I am unsatisfied enough to go after the next great “satisfier…”
One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting a different result. By that definition, when it comes to buying stuff to satisfy ourselves, the vast majority of us are just plumb nuts….!
Perhaps, rather than trying to buy our way to happiness, we should hear the Lord’s cry: Seek, inquire for and require the Lord while He may be found [claiming Him by necessity and by right}] call upon Him while He is near (Vs. 6). There is a place of satisfaction and completion in Him that no amount of stuff can ever replicate…
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord (Vs. 8). Our God, unlike us, has not been trained to crave for stuff! Rather, He craves for us: to redeem us, forgive us, and change our priorities and passions to those—in line with His thoughts—that bring us actual, lasting satisfaction and joy!
The transformation outlined in Is. 55 is breathtaking, as we read in Vs. 11: So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth; it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose and it shall prosper in the thing which I sent it.
The WORD of God, spoken over and through us, accomplishes what no amount of accumulated stuff can ever accomplish. True prosperity is found in what the Lord speaks into our lives and into our circumstances and into the world around us. Our deepest satisfaction comes from seeing His purposes accomplished! Our greatest riches—our only real treasure—is found as Jesus the Word shifts our passions away from the momentary pleasures of our next purchase to the eternal pleasure of seeing His Word transform lives forever!
So buy what you need, but hunger for something far better and infinitely more satisfying—a life so rooted in the Lord that our greatest joy is seeing His Word accomplished! Place your FAITH in the Word of the Lord!!! Spend your life and livelihood on the one thing that truly matters…!